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Dinner with Judd goes for $98,100

Sixteen items auctioned on eBay as part of UK Coach John Calipari's Hoops for Haiti telethon brought in $152,000 — including $98,100 for a dinner for six at the coach's house with Ashley Judd.

The auctions ended Wednesday night. The identities of the high bidders were not immediately available.

Bidding for another item, a "Kentucky blue" Rolex, remains open.

Hoops for Haiti has raised more than $1 million. The money is going to the Red Cross.

A luxury train ride from Lexington to Frankfort in a train car owned by Rick Corman with Coach Cal and Corman went for $12,200.

Another item lets the winner and a guest meet LeBron James after a private plane ride to Cleveland for a Cavaliers playoff game. The winning bid: $10,099.

Appearances at Coach Cal's TV and radio shows ($4,050 and $2,550), a game of 2-on-2 against Scott Padgett and Tony Delk ($5,401), and a dream day at Keeneland ($4,750) were among the other offerings.

According to the description on eBay, Judd's personal chef will cater the dinner. A limo will take the winner and five friends to and from the coach's house. After wine and appetizers, they will dine with Calipari, his wife, Ellen, and Judd.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would allow taxpayers to write off cash donations made to relief efforts in Haiti on their 2009 income tax returns.

The bill, passed unanimously, would make donations made before March 1 deductible for 2009. The goal is to encourage donations beyond the $275 million already given, according to estimates by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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